Tropic Lightning Forge(s) on to completion

| October 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Soldiers with the 3rd IBCT, with support from other 25th ID units, participate in the weeklong Lightning Forge exercise. The scenario-based exercise wraps up Oct. 29 and prepares the 3rd IBCT for its Joint Readiness Training Center exercise in Fort Polk, Louisiana, next year. (Photos courtesy of the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability)

25th Infantry Division
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The 25th Infantry Division’s annual Lighting Forge exercise is winding down and is nearing its scheduled Oct. 29 end.

After months of planning, the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division “Bronco” Soldiers executed the scenario-based exercise across Oahu from Oct. 21-29.

“The best thing about Lightning Forge is it’s combined exercise; it’s not just [3rd IBCT],” Col. Robert M. Ryan, 3rd IBCT commander said. “We have the division staff, Sustainment Brigade, [Combat Aviation Brigade], 196th Infantry Brigade, DIVARTY and 2nd Brigade out here and that allows us to get better and learn more through shared knowledge.”

Soldiers with the 3rd IBCT, with support from other 25th ID units, participate in the weeklong Lightning Forge exercise. The scenario-based exercise wraps up Oct. 29 and prepares the 3rd IBCT for its Joint Readiness Training Center exercise in Fort Polk, Louisiana, next year. (Photos courtesy of the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability)

Testing and grading

Elements across 25th Inf. Div. and other tenant units supported the 3rd IBCT.

Role players were used to test the Bronco Soldiers in the exercise scenario. The brigade’s staff down to squad level were tested and graded by observer controller-trainers and given feedback on their performance, including what they did well and how they could improve.

The majority of the exercise took place at Dillingham Airfield, Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield and the Kahuku Training Area.

The next step in the brigade’s training, will be to complete a Joint Readiness Training Center cycle at Fort Polk, Louisiana, early next year.

The brigade will be in similar scenario when they travel to JRTC.

Ryan said the training is an invaluable piece for their overall mission readiness.

“Having an exercise like this is a huge benefit for our Soldiers and our Army,” Ryan said.

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